Mahlasela was one of the players whose skills had fans wanting for more last season although his team struggled and only survived relegation on the last day of league action.
“I grew up looking up to the likes of Jabu Pule (now Mahlangu) and Steve Lekoelea who were very skilful and diminutive like me,” he said.
Mahlasela added that he has chosen to commit himself to Celtic despite interest from various teams. He is on his last year on his Celtic contract.
His good performances have made him one of the contenders for a Bafana Bafana call up and he said he would do his best to catch Stuart Baxter’s eye.
“Like any other player, I would love to play for Bafana. It will be my performances which will get me there. I must work hard for my team,” he said.